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Josef Gitschthaler668Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche Weihnachten Shopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0045  
Slooh167,139*Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from Australia* Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the *Annular Solar Eclipse* from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. *Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.* The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary.  As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world. *Download the free Slooh iPad App:* www.appstore.com/slooh *Slooh Annular Eclipse Video:* http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY #solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00357  

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2015-06-30 20:54:39 (52 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

I'm Back

Sorry my stream has been quiet and rather boring lately. I have had a nasty cold, but am on the mend. 

It's really lovely weather right now. My garden's lavender loves it and where there's lavender there are bees! I haven't been able to sit outside and enjoy them, but I did get a quick picture yesterday. Hopefully the weather will hold and I'll spend a good bit of time out there. There's something magical about being in the middle of lavender plants with dozens of bees buzzing around you. 

Have a great leap second and a wonderful Wednesday when it rolls around to you!

Most reshares: 23

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2015-06-18 06:46:01 (28 comments, 23 reshares, 160 +1s)Open 

Ill-tempered, mutated Emu

Actually it is not an Emu rather a Northern Cassowary (Single-wattled Cassowary is another name for it). In addition to being dangerous if provoked they have a weird crest structure on their heads called a casque. 

These consist of "a keratinous skin over a core of firm, cellular foam-like material". Several purposes for the casques have been proposed. One possibility is that they are secondary sexual characteristics. Other suggestions include that they are used to batter through underbrush, as a weapon for dominance disputes, or as a tool for pushing aside leaf litter during foraging. The latter three are disputed by biologist Andrew Mack, whose personal observation suggests that the casque amplifies deep sounds. ...  Mack and Jones also speculate the casques play a role in either sound reception or acoustic communication. This isr... more »

Most plusones: 276

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2015-06-03 21:27:55 (18 comments, 12 reshares, 276 +1s)Open 

Thanks to +Kate Stone and the team at +EH Science I was able to get another short article finished this week. Bird coloration is a lot more advanced than I thought when I started wondering about the feathers of starlings. Some birds rely on more than pigments to be flashy.

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2015-07-04 08:51:56 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Ever have one of those mornings?

You know when you wake up and see a random word like cahier   and began wondering why we have the word "book"[1] in English (my mind skipped the intermediate steps in the retelling). Or think how the Australian Emu War might have been the first war in historic times against dinosaurs? BTW the Emus won. 

Things have settled down a bit after breakfast. (I made "French" toast with butter, because I like the taste). Plans were forged with the neighbors for a Sunday morning hike before the temperatures get too high. Some lavender blossoms were picked, bees buzzed, wasps were batted away and grocery lists for the cookout were drafted. Now I'm off to procure said supplies, but I think there might be a post on the Emu War later today. That one just keeps bouncing around in my noggin. 

Oh, before I ramble on too long:Ha... more »

Ever have one of those mornings?

You know when you wake up and see a random word like cahier   and began wondering why we have the word "book"[1] in English (my mind skipped the intermediate steps in the retelling). Or think how the Australian Emu War might have been the first war in historic times against dinosaurs? BTW the Emus won. 

Things have settled down a bit after breakfast. (I made "French" toast with butter, because I like the taste). Plans were forged with the neighbors for a Sunday morning hike before the temperatures get too high. Some lavender blossoms were picked, bees buzzed, wasps were batted away and grocery lists for the cookout were drafted. Now I'm off to procure said supplies, but I think there might be a post on the Emu War later today. That one just keeps bouncing around in my noggin. 

Oh, before I ramble on too long: Happy Saturday! 

Photo
sunny days with lavender and bees epitomize a perfect summer day for me. take in my garden. 

Footnote
[1] book: Old English boc "book, writing, written document," traditionally from Proto-Germanic (bokiz) "beech" (cognates: German Buch "book" Buche "beech;" see beech), the notion being of beechwood tablets on which runes were inscribed, but it may be from the tree itself (people still carve initials in them). The Old English word originally meant any written document. Latin and Sanskrit also have words for "writing" that are based on tree names ("birch" and "ash," respectively). Meaning "libretto of an opera" is from 1768. A betting book is from 1856.
from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=book___

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2015-07-03 22:22:49 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.
(Tennessee Williams)

Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.
(Tennessee Williams)___

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2015-07-03 16:05:23 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Day 3: Let Sleeping Ghost Cats Lie

#julydailyphoto Black and White.

Today is the third day of +Carrie Simpson 's July daily photo challenge. Anyone who wishes to join in is more than welcome! The list for the month is here #julyphotolist . Join in at any time and remember to have fun! 

Day 3: Let Sleeping Ghost Cats Lie

#julydailyphoto Black and White.

Today is the third day of +Carrie Simpson 's July daily photo challenge. Anyone who wishes to join in is more than welcome! The list for the month is here #julyphotolist . Join in at any time and remember to have fun! ___

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2015-07-02 23:26:02 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

July 2 Entry: Glass

Sometimes my interface to reality breaks.

+Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Please join in. The more the merrier.

Use these hashtags, so she can find your work. 
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

Themes by day:

1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. View from your window.
24. Night.
25. Tool.
26. Logo.
27. Door knob.
28. Money.
29. Sign.
30. Tradition
31. Selfie.

July 2 Entry: Glass

Sometimes my interface to reality breaks.

+Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Please join in. The more the merrier.

Use these hashtags, so she can find your work. 
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

Themes by day:

1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. View from your window.
24. Night.
25. Tool.
26. Logo.
27. Door knob.
28. Money.
29. Sign.
30. Tradition
31. Selfie.___

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2015-07-02 07:13:25 (20 comments, 3 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

London Eye

A quick "Good Morning" post. This photo of the London Eye was made from near the "express" ticket area. It's hard to appreciate how large the Eye is until you're up close.


I hope you have a great Thorsday!

+Cableicous 

London Eye

A quick "Good Morning" post. This photo of the London Eye was made from near the "express" ticket area. It's hard to appreciate how large the Eye is until you're up close.


I hope you have a great Thorsday!

+Cableicous ___

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2015-07-01 22:37:32 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

July 1 entry: Bold Colour

This is for +Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Who knows if I can do one of these everyday, but it's something to try for.

Today's photo was seen in Paddington Station, London on my recent visit. 
 
If you would like to join in, please tag Carrie and use these hashtags.
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

For reference, here is the list she gave us:

Day Subject
1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. Viewfro... more »

July 1 entry: Bold Colour

This is for +Carrie Simpson 's July challenge. Who knows if I can do one of these everyday, but it's something to try for.

Today's photo was seen in Paddington Station, London on my recent visit. 
 
If you would like to join in, please tag Carrie and use these hashtags.
#Julydailyphoto #julyphotolist

For reference, here is the list she gave us:

Day Subject
1. Bold Colour.
2. Glass.
3. Black and white.
4. Close up.
5. Shadow or Silhouette.
6. Everyday item.
7. Flowers.
8. Sky.
9. Fruit.
10. Old. 
11. New.
12. Reflection.
13. Makes you smile.
14. Childhood Memory.
15. Eyes.
16. Technology.
17. Animal.
18. T is for...?
19. Pattern.
20. A pile of something.
21. Light.
22. Your keys.
23. View from your window.
24. Night.
25. Tool.
26. Logo.
27. Door knob.
28. Money.
29. Sign.
30. Tradition
31. Selfie.___

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2015-07-01 22:05:11 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

News from my garden

This article's intent is to present some methods of pest control in a garden without resorting to pesticide. Because they were of special interest to me, I included multiple photos of ladybirds. 

I've had a stimulating exchange with a reader on the subject of "harlequin" ladybirds. They are also known as "Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle" and similar terms. These ladybirds are an invasive species in both Europe and the U.S.A. Some are present in my garden alongside native ladybirds. I deliberately sourced the native 2-spotted ladybird larvae, but wild ladybirds of different species including the "harlequin" also laid eggs in my garden. I accept it and observe it. To be clear though, it does not mean I advocate the introduction of non-native species.

I hope you enjoy the article and photos. I welcome your... more »

News from my garden

This article's intent is to present some methods of pest control in a garden without resorting to pesticide. Because they were of special interest to me, I included multiple photos of ladybirds. 

I've had a stimulating exchange with a reader on the subject of "harlequin" ladybirds. They are also known as "Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle" and similar terms. These ladybirds are an invasive species in both Europe and the U.S.A. Some are present in my garden alongside native ladybirds. I deliberately sourced the native 2-spotted ladybird larvae, but wild ladybirds of different species including the "harlequin" also laid eggs in my garden. I accept it and observe it. To be clear though, it does not mean I advocate the introduction of non-native species.

I hope you enjoy the article and photos. I welcome your comments. ___

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2015-06-30 20:54:39 (52 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

I'm Back

Sorry my stream has been quiet and rather boring lately. I have had a nasty cold, but am on the mend. 

It's really lovely weather right now. My garden's lavender loves it and where there's lavender there are bees! I haven't been able to sit outside and enjoy them, but I did get a quick picture yesterday. Hopefully the weather will hold and I'll spend a good bit of time out there. There's something magical about being in the middle of lavender plants with dozens of bees buzzing around you. 

Have a great leap second and a wonderful Wednesday when it rolls around to you!

I'm Back

Sorry my stream has been quiet and rather boring lately. I have had a nasty cold, but am on the mend. 

It's really lovely weather right now. My garden's lavender loves it and where there's lavender there are bees! I haven't been able to sit outside and enjoy them, but I did get a quick picture yesterday. Hopefully the weather will hold and I'll spend a good bit of time out there. There's something magical about being in the middle of lavender plants with dozens of bees buzzing around you. 

Have a great leap second and a wonderful Wednesday when it rolls around to you!___

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2015-06-27 21:19:26 (26 comments, 17 reshares, 249 +1s)Open 

The Monk and His Cat

Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
Each has his own work to do daily;
For you it is hunting, for me, study.
Your shining eye watches the wall;
My feeble eye is fixed on a book.
You rejoice when your claws entrap a mouse;
I rejoice when my mind fathoms a problem.
Pleased with his own art
Neither hinders the other;
Thus we live ever
Without tedium and envy.
Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are,
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
(W. H. Auden based on an 8th or 9th century Irish text: see Endnote)

It seems a fitting end to #caturday  .  I have read plenty today and Ginger has watched the birds and had her cuddles. All is good. 


Endnote

Those of you, who follow me, probably expected me to not stop withju... more »

The Monk and His Cat

Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
Each has his own work to do daily;
For you it is hunting, for me, study.
Your shining eye watches the wall;
My feeble eye is fixed on a book.
You rejoice when your claws entrap a mouse;
I rejoice when my mind fathoms a problem.
Pleased with his own art
Neither hinders the other;
Thus we live ever
Without tedium and envy.
Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are,
Alone together, Scholar and cat.
(W. H. Auden based on an 8th or 9th century Irish text: see Endnote)

It seems a fitting end to #caturday  .  I have read plenty today and Ginger has watched the birds and had her cuddles. All is good. 


Endnote

Those of you, who follow me, probably expected me to not stop with just the poem, but go looking for the original text. You won't be disappointed.

Here's the Irish text (I leave it as an exercise for you to find translations. There are multiple ones available)

Messe [ocus] Pangur bán,
cechtar nathar fria saindán;
bíth a menma-sam fri seilgg,
mu menma céin im saincheirdd

Caraim-se fós, ferr cach clú,
oc mu lebrán léir ingnu;
ní foirmtech frimm Pangur bán,
caraid cesin a maccdán.

Ó ru-biam ­ scél cén scis ­
innar tegdias ar n-oéndis,
táithiunn ­ dichríchide clius ­ 
ní fris 'tarddam ar n-áthius.

Gnáth-huaraib ar greassaib gal
glenaid luch ina lín-sam;
os me, du-fuit im lín chéin
dliged ndoraid cu n-dronchéill.

Fúachaid-sem fri freaga fál
a rosc a nglése comlán;
fúachimm chéin fri fégi fis
mu rosc réil, cesu imdis.

Fáelid-sem cu n-déne dul,
hi nglen luch ina gérchrub;
hi-tucu cheist n-doraid n-dil,
os mé chene am fáelid.

Cia beimini amin nach ré
ní derban cách a chéle;
mait le cechtar nár a dán
subaigthiud a óenurán.

Hé fesin as choimsid dáu
in muid du-n-gní cach óenláu;
do thabairt doraid du glé
for mumud céin am messe.

Since you read this far, if you don't have the time to look up a translation, here's one version:
https://www.ling.upenn.edu/~beatrice/pangur-ban.html ___

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2015-06-27 08:13:53 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Please look after this bear. Thank you

Seen in Paddington Station.

Be careful about taking strange bears home with you. There's more to it than just honey and marmalade. 

Have a great Saturday!

Please look after this bear. Thank you

Seen in Paddington Station.

Be careful about taking strange bears home with you. There's more to it than just honey and marmalade. 

Have a great Saturday!___

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2015-06-27 07:44:34 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I've been endorsed

h/t to +miri dunn for pointing me to the playful Scalia insult generator:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/low_concept/2015/06/justice_scalia_insult_generator_how_the_supreme_court_justice_would_mock.html

That is all. You may return to your regularly scheduled programming.

I've been endorsed

h/t to +miri dunn for pointing me to the playful Scalia insult generator:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/low_concept/2015/06/justice_scalia_insult_generator_how_the_supreme_court_justice_would_mock.html

That is all. You may return to your regularly scheduled programming.___

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2015-06-26 16:46:25 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

I found the Omega-13! Happy start to the weekend. May it be full of fun, shenanigans and maybe even a "hold my beer and watch this" moment or two. If anything goes wrong, invoke the Omega-13 and do it right the second time. 

I found the Omega-13! Happy start to the weekend. May it be full of fun, shenanigans and maybe even a "hold my beer and watch this" moment or two. If anything goes wrong, invoke the Omega-13 and do it right the second time. ___

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2015-06-25 22:03:29 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Squaring Off

While on the Photowalk at Westminster Bridge we had to temporarily take shelter from the rain. Six old-fashioned, unfashionable, DSLR-toting GPlus photographers met a horde of hip members of the Instagram Cult. It was quite an experience.

They were cool and funny, but definitely about success and the image they projected. I loved that they cared about photography and energized so many people to get out and take pictures. It's easy and fun. They're doing quite well. Instagram gave them all buttons/badges and seems to help organize activities if I understood it right. Apparently, they have an upcoming event with Canon where about 200 of them get together and Canon will let them test equipment. Hey +Canon UK where's the love for the London GPlus photographers?  Please drop +Joseph Zee a line if you want to do something similar with London area GPlusph... more »

Squaring Off

While on the Photowalk at Westminster Bridge we had to temporarily take shelter from the rain. Six old-fashioned, unfashionable, DSLR-toting GPlus photographers met a horde of hip members of the Instagram Cult. It was quite an experience.

They were cool and funny, but definitely about success and the image they projected. I loved that they cared about photography and energized so many people to get out and take pictures. It's easy and fun. They're doing quite well. Instagram gave them all buttons/badges and seems to help organize activities if I understood it right. Apparently, they have an upcoming event with Canon where about 200 of them get together and Canon will let them test equipment. Hey +Canon UK where's the love for the London GPlus photographers?  Please drop +Joseph Zee a line if you want to do something similar with London area GPlus photographers.

Since these Instagrammers were entertaining and helped pass the time until the rain letup, I decided to do a square format in their honor.


Photo: Yeah, it was with my little 24mm Canon pancake. Sweet little piece of kit on the 7DMarkII. Just about the same as the 40mm pancake on a full frame. ___

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2015-06-24 21:55:38 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

London HIRL

It was a small group, but fun. Thanks again to +Nikki C , who organized it, but couldn't make it due to train disruptions, +Anna Robertson Davis , +George G and +Mara Mascaro for taking time to meet up with me. You gave me a great memory!

Photos
Description matches what I see on the desktop while posting this. Your mileage may vary on a smartphone. 

Cover: Reflections Anna and George agreed to pose for me, so I could get a shot of them reflecting in a window, which had blinds down on the inside. I liked the effect and enhanced it in post processing.

Top right: Anna liked this one. I would have adjusted the colors to be a bit more neutral. It was a bit too warm for my eyes, due to the light bulb at our table, but who am I to argue with a lady? 

Mid right: Mara. Again it looks too warm to my eyes, but am I going toargue... more »

London HIRL

It was a small group, but fun. Thanks again to +Nikki C , who organized it, but couldn't make it due to train disruptions, +Anna Robertson Davis , +George G and +Mara Mascaro for taking time to meet up with me. You gave me a great memory!

Photos
Description matches what I see on the desktop while posting this. Your mileage may vary on a smartphone. 

Cover: Reflections Anna and George agreed to pose for me, so I could get a shot of them reflecting in a window, which had blinds down on the inside. I liked the effect and enhanced it in post processing.

Top right: Anna liked this one. I would have adjusted the colors to be a bit more neutral. It was a bit too warm for my eyes, due to the light bulb at our table, but who am I to argue with a lady? 

Mid right: Mara. Again it looks too warm to my eyes, but am I going to argue with Mara about that? who's going to say no to that smile? not I.

Lower Right: George G in action with a dynamic Anna (our guide). I went for a retro, grainy, gritty look.

Bonus pic: you'll have to click through to the last one, which is my BW interpretation of Mara. I set the colors to a more neutral tone then converted to BW. I think she's a classic beauty and it comes out in BW as timeless. ___

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2015-06-24 21:29:09 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This could be truly revolutionary.

This could be truly revolutionary.___

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2015-06-24 21:14:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I am very happy to report that +Kate Stone 's and Lorna P's article from +EH Science was republished as a guest post on Nature!  

http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/eyes-on-environment/methanemunching_microbes_limit_global_warming 

I am very happy to report that +Kate Stone 's and Lorna P's article from +EH Science was republished as a guest post on Nature!  

http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/eyes-on-environment/methanemunching_microbes_limit_global_warming ___

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2015-06-23 22:18:54 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

IANA Challenge

I challenged +I am not Alice to interpret a photo I found in the stream and was challenged in return. While I don't even street, I do notice things sometimes. Thanks for the inspiration 'Alice!

Have a great Tuesday evening / Wednesday morning as it may be in your timezone!

NB: This photo was shot prior to the meta photo. 

IANA Challenge

I challenged +I am not Alice to interpret a photo I found in the stream and was challenged in return. While I don't even street, I do notice things sometimes. Thanks for the inspiration 'Alice!

Have a great Tuesday evening / Wednesday morning as it may be in your timezone!

NB: This photo was shot prior to the meta photo. ___

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2015-06-23 21:50:33 (33 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Should have known better

There I am off in the medieval wing of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Not a soul around me when I spy this tunic just waiting for someone to try it on. Of course once I don it, I want to take a self-portrait somehow. The obvious answer is the mirror, but how to get the angle? While I'm pondering that, in come two women. BUSTED.

Oh well, I figure make the best of it, so I ask them to use my camera and take a picture of me. Then I encourage them to try on the tunics and let me photograph them. They turned out to be good sports, wear the tunics well and seemed pretty comfortable in front of the camera.

Not bad for a quick museum visit before heading to Heathrow.  

Should have known better

There I am off in the medieval wing of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Not a soul around me when I spy this tunic just waiting for someone to try it on. Of course once I don it, I want to take a self-portrait somehow. The obvious answer is the mirror, but how to get the angle? While I'm pondering that, in come two women. BUSTED.

Oh well, I figure make the best of it, so I ask them to use my camera and take a picture of me. Then I encourage them to try on the tunics and let me photograph them. They turned out to be good sports, wear the tunics well and seemed pretty comfortable in front of the camera.

Not bad for a quick museum visit before heading to Heathrow.  ___

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2015-06-21 09:53:51 (52 comments, 4 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

Sign of Life

Internet has been quite dodgy for me, making it hard to even keep up with texts. It's working right now though, so here's a photo from yesterday.

 +Peter McClintock is photographing a couple photographing Big Ben.
Part of the Photowalk, +Joseph Zee organized. 

I had a great day yesterday, esp. getting to meet up with +Anna Robertson Davis , +George G . +Mara Mascaro , +James O'Gorman , +Martyn Band and the two gents mentioned above. 

+George G gave me a real insider's view on London. I learned names for buildings like Gherkin (well known), Cheese Grater, Walkie-Talkie and a few other colorful expressions. I think he has a future as a travel guide author.

Today will be more relaxed. No meetings planned. I'll just take it easy and check out some museums, maybe an IMAX film, maybe one of the artgalleries.... more »

Sign of Life

Internet has been quite dodgy for me, making it hard to even keep up with texts. It's working right now though, so here's a photo from yesterday.

 +Peter McClintock is photographing a couple photographing Big Ben.
Part of the Photowalk, +Joseph Zee organized. 

I had a great day yesterday, esp. getting to meet up with +Anna Robertson Davis , +George G . +Mara Mascaro , +James O'Gorman , +Martyn Band and the two gents mentioned above. 

+George G gave me a real insider's view on London. I learned names for buildings like Gherkin (well known), Cheese Grater, Walkie-Talkie and a few other colorful expressions. I think he has a future as a travel guide author.

Today will be more relaxed. No meetings planned. I'll just take it easy and check out some museums, maybe an IMAX film, maybe one of the art galleries.

Have a great weekend! ___

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2015-06-18 07:36:40 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Peace offering

Ok, I had my fun, but I'll be travelling (London), so here's a peace offering to make up for the Ill-tempered, mutated, mind-controlling Cassowary , which I unleashed this morning. I blame it on a lack of caffeine, dinosaur fever and a wormhole in my cranium. 

Anyway, have a tulip to make the day brighter!



+Liz C and +Measie Elizabeth  <<< out of season red tulip greetings :-)

Peace offering

Ok, I had my fun, but I'll be travelling (London), so here's a peace offering to make up for the Ill-tempered, mutated, mind-controlling Cassowary , which I unleashed this morning. I blame it on a lack of caffeine, dinosaur fever and a wormhole in my cranium. 

Anyway, have a tulip to make the day brighter!



+Liz C and +Measie Elizabeth  <<< out of season red tulip greetings :-)___

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2015-06-18 06:46:01 (28 comments, 23 reshares, 160 +1s)Open 

Ill-tempered, mutated Emu

Actually it is not an Emu rather a Northern Cassowary (Single-wattled Cassowary is another name for it). In addition to being dangerous if provoked they have a weird crest structure on their heads called a casque. 

These consist of "a keratinous skin over a core of firm, cellular foam-like material". Several purposes for the casques have been proposed. One possibility is that they are secondary sexual characteristics. Other suggestions include that they are used to batter through underbrush, as a weapon for dominance disputes, or as a tool for pushing aside leaf litter during foraging. The latter three are disputed by biologist Andrew Mack, whose personal observation suggests that the casque amplifies deep sounds. ...  Mack and Jones also speculate the casques play a role in either sound reception or acoustic communication. This isr... more »

Ill-tempered, mutated Emu

Actually it is not an Emu rather a Northern Cassowary (Single-wattled Cassowary is another name for it). In addition to being dangerous if provoked they have a weird crest structure on their heads called a casque. 

These consist of "a keratinous skin over a core of firm, cellular foam-like material". Several purposes for the casques have been proposed. One possibility is that they are secondary sexual characteristics. Other suggestions include that they are used to batter through underbrush, as a weapon for dominance disputes, or as a tool for pushing aside leaf litter during foraging. The latter three are disputed by biologist Andrew Mack, whose personal observation suggests that the casque amplifies deep sounds. ...  Mack and Jones also speculate the casques play a role in either sound reception or acoustic communication. This is related to their discovery that at least the dwarf cassowary and southern cassowary produce very-low frequency sounds, which may aid in communication in dense rainforest. This "boom" is the lowest known bird call, and is at the lower frequency limit of human hearing. Crowe described a cooling function for the very similar casques of guineafowl.  (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Cassowary) 

I think the casque serves two functions.

1. it makes them look like a dinosaur and that's pretty cool. Birds, esp. male birds like to look cool for the hens. 

2. they use it for internet mind-control. Please limit your exposure to pictures of them unless you have appropriate shielding such as a tin-foil skull cap. Even a few seconds can be too much for the unprepared. Hallucinations are the first sign. Things move pretty fast after that.


Now that I've had a bit of fun on #Thorsday , I wish you a great day and a few smiles. I'll be offline for a while, but it's all for the greater good: seeing a few friends and poking around in dusty museums looking at old bones. ;-) Take care and keep the internet safe from cassowaries. You can never be too sure. ___

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2015-06-18 06:05:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

We have a new contributor on the +EH Science team! Tom Evans is a Marine Biologist and writes the AquaEvans Blog ( http://www.aquaevans.com/blog ).   

We have a new contributor on the +EH Science team! Tom Evans is a Marine Biologist and writes the AquaEvans Blog ( http://www.aquaevans.com/blog ).   ___

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2015-06-17 06:38:51 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Red is one of the strongest colors, it's blood, it has a power with the eye. That's why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well... In fact I use red in all of my paintings (Keith Haring)



+Liz C  #allthingsred  

Red is one of the strongest colors, it's blood, it has a power with the eye. That's why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well... In fact I use red in all of my paintings (Keith Haring)



+Liz C  #allthingsred  ___

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2015-06-16 07:15:24 (21 comments, 4 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Gazing

A Northern Gannet's (Sula bassana  ; German Basstölpel) eye is the center of attention. 

This morning I ran across an interesting quote that fits well with the photo:

To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree...The difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection , though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered subversive of the theory.  (Darwin)

Photo: seen at Wilhema (Zoo) in Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to the eye, good detail of the keratin beak structure is visible. 

Gazing

A Northern Gannet's (Sula bassana  ; German Basstölpel) eye is the center of attention. 

This morning I ran across an interesting quote that fits well with the photo:

To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I confess, absurd in the highest degree...The difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection , though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered subversive of the theory.  (Darwin)

Photo: seen at Wilhema (Zoo) in Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to the eye, good detail of the keratin beak structure is visible. ___

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2015-06-15 11:54:12 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

A wonderfully unexpected collaboration with +evaesque s. . She's turned a simple tulip into a work of art!

°tulip°                                                                         #collaborativeart  II

A while ago I told +Steven Spence that one day I'll grab me one of his beautiful photos to play with. Very likely he will not recall my threat words, especially as I became rather economical with my comments/presence here on G+ over the last weeks...  But here it is! 
Thank you very much for the opportunity to play around with your photo, Steven!

Steven's original photo I used:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+StevenSpence/albums/6152777302916152337/6152777323842434258?pid=6152777323842434258&oid=103875657007779608001

Background/layers are my own, which I took from one of my paintings.

+Steven Spence generously offers a whole collection of his own photos for others to edit:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+StevenSpence/albums/6152777302916152337


#photomanipulation   #flowers   #tulip  ___A wonderfully unexpected collaboration with +evaesque s. . She's turned a simple tulip into a work of art!

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2015-06-14 22:47:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Easier than birds

TL;DR
I tried my hand at a little sports photography at a 5k / 10k race. 
Have a great start to the week!

For the patient

This weekend my daughter [not in this picture] ran a 5k. The 5k and 10K runners started at the same time from the football stadium in Holzgerlingen. 

The three photos are actually all from the same picture. The wider view is the original perspective. I was happy to see the action frozen and crisp. The other shots are crops which give a better view of the faces. I enjoyed looking at how changing the view affected the picture and made it something entirely different.  

FYI: Yellow (471) came in 3rd in the 10k, the guy in the red shirt (407) came in second and the one right behind him with the green/black shirt (face hidden) came in first.  The unfortunate 4th place went to the guy inthe... more »

Easier than birds

TL;DR
I tried my hand at a little sports photography at a 5k / 10k race. 
Have a great start to the week!

For the patient

This weekend my daughter [not in this picture] ran a 5k. The 5k and 10K runners started at the same time from the football stadium in Holzgerlingen. 

The three photos are actually all from the same picture. The wider view is the original perspective. I was happy to see the action frozen and crisp. The other shots are crops which give a better view of the faces. I enjoyed looking at how changing the view affected the picture and made it something entirely different.  

FYI: Yellow (471) came in 3rd in the 10k, the guy in the red shirt (407) came in second and the one right behind him with the green/black shirt (face hidden) came in first.  The unfortunate 4th place went to the guy in the black shirt and shorts (424). 

The pictures are in 1920*1080 format, so if you're on a smaller screen you certainly should be able to zoom in a bit if you want to look around. 

Have a great Monday!___

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2015-06-14 20:01:12 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Recommendation 5: Talent you should get to know

The point of these posts is to introduce talented people doing original work to a wider audience, because I feel GPlus sometimes isn't doing a very good job of connecting us.

In general the people I select have a relatively small follower base OR they seem to be doing very good work, but not getting an appropriate (subjective) positive feedback relative to their work given their number of followers.


Today's recommendation +Cilla C for her combination of photography and writing. I think Cilla is doing ok overall in the "plus" department, but I don't run across too many people, who are writing and photographing original content at this level.

Personally, I prefer following the whole person (and I do with Cilla), but she has two collections that I think will give you a quick impression.more »

Recommendation 5: Talent you should get to know

The point of these posts is to introduce talented people doing original work to a wider audience, because I feel GPlus sometimes isn't doing a very good job of connecting us.

In general the people I select have a relatively small follower base OR they seem to be doing very good work, but not getting an appropriate (subjective) positive feedback relative to their work given their number of followers.


Today's recommendation +Cilla C for her combination of photography and writing. I think Cilla is doing ok overall in the "plus" department, but I don't run across too many people, who are writing and photographing original content at this level.

Personally, I prefer following the whole person (and I do with Cilla), but she has two collections that I think will give you a quick impression.

Cilla's Writing Collection
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IEmYa

or her Phone Photography Collection
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/QieYa


Previous Recommendations

+Bo J https://plus.google.com/u/0/117639096683289490449/posts

+Guðbjörg Ben https://plus.google.com/u/0/117304513433664478619/posts

+Axel Pivet https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AxelPivet/posts

+Andy Smith https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndySmith/posts___

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2015-06-14 10:19:50 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Because I feel like it

It was nice to come across this picture of a sunset in Cuxhaven when I was looking for something to post today. I had almost forgotten about this, because my thoughts have been on other things, but today it feels just right. 

Because I feel like it

It was nice to come across this picture of a sunset in Cuxhaven when I was looking for something to post today. I had almost forgotten about this, because my thoughts have been on other things, but today it feels just right. ___

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2015-06-13 11:06:17 (25 comments, 6 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

Thoughtful

The stunning Secretary Bird ( Sagittarius serpentarius ) was in a walk-through enclosure at the Vogelpark Walsrode. It was amazing to me to see such a large bird of prey simply standing near the path and nonplussed by people walking by. I still kept a respectful distance, but it let me come within 3 meters at which point I stopped. My huge lens pointed at birds or animals often makes them uncomfortable, but not this one.

 When I have been around eagles, hawks, bussards or falcons they almost always seem alert and calculating. Dangerous and ready to strike. This bird was very different. As I observed it both with and without the camera being pointed at it, I came away with an impression of thoughtfulness in this bird. It clearly was aware of everything around it, but seemed lost in its own thoughts. That endeared it to me. 

Secretary birds are native toA... more »

Thoughtful

The stunning Secretary Bird ( Sagittarius serpentarius ) was in a walk-through enclosure at the Vogelpark Walsrode. It was amazing to me to see such a large bird of prey simply standing near the path and nonplussed by people walking by. I still kept a respectful distance, but it let me come within 3 meters at which point I stopped. My huge lens pointed at birds or animals often makes them uncomfortable, but not this one.

 When I have been around eagles, hawks, bussards or falcons they almost always seem alert and calculating. Dangerous and ready to strike. This bird was very different. As I observed it both with and without the camera being pointed at it, I came away with an impression of thoughtfulness in this bird. It clearly was aware of everything around it, but seemed lost in its own thoughts. That endeared it to me. 

Secretary birds are native to Africa. They are related to hawks, but have their own family due to the many physiological differences. Secretary birds primarily hunt terrestrially. They have quite long, thin legs. Those of you who read Latin may have surmised from the name that the bird hunts snakes including adders and cobras. It eats other animals and insects too, e.g. lizards, hares, etc. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretarybird 

Have a great weekend!
EDIT P.S. don't forget to zoom in to notice the eyelashes.

EDIT (2nd). adding a few hashtags for bird lovers and ilk. 
#birds   #birds4all   #birdsinfocus   #birdsofprey     #birdsgallery   #naturephotography   #canonusers   #alternativetocaturday  ___

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2015-06-12 15:01:24 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

+cobalt please 's last collaboration for now... ;-)

Please plus her post. This is an "archive copy" to keep all the posts in the collection.

Pretty in Pink and Blue and Purple
My final collaboration with +Steven Spence, this image is for Floral Friday curated by +Tamara Pruessner and +Eustace James and +Kiki Nelson and +Beth Akerman This photo was taken by Steven and shared in a special collection of unedited photos for other photographers to select and interpret. I have no idea what this flowering bush is, perhaps a relative of lilac. To see his collection for collaboration and the link to his original, check the first comment in this thread.

Thank you, my friend!
#floralfriday #floralphotography #nature #flowers #pinkblue
PS. I edited this the day before eye surgery so I could share it this morning. Doing fine but no precise photo editing yet for me.___+cobalt please 's last collaboration for now... ;-)

Please plus her post. This is an "archive copy" to keep all the posts in the collection.

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2015-06-12 07:20:14 (36 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Submarine Vader

I had a few minutes of fun posing in this diving helmet. It definitely would not be fun to work in one of those, but for cutting loose and being a bit goofy they're highly recommended.

Have a great Friday!


Photo
Converted to Black and White with a blue filter,  which made the brass very dark. 

Submarine Vader

I had a few minutes of fun posing in this diving helmet. It definitely would not be fun to work in one of those, but for cutting loose and being a bit goofy they're highly recommended.

Have a great Friday!


Photo
Converted to Black and White with a blue filter,  which made the brass very dark. ___

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2015-06-10 21:33:07 (24 comments, 3 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

It's finally out! I hope you'll take a few minutes to read this short article about hummingbirds. We have a 23 frame GIF animation of a hummingbird at a feeder. The individual frames in the sequence were spaced out to 0.2 seconds in order to make it easier to see the wing motion. If you look very closely, you may even see the tongue flick out and the hummingbird swallow the sugar solution.

Once again many thanks to +EH Science and especially the dynamic duo of +Kate Stone and Lorna (sadly not on GPlus), who ensure my contributions have a better than 50% chance of being understood, which is a significant achievement if you've read my non-edited posts.



#birds   #birdsinflight    #science   #nature   

It's finally out! I hope you'll take a few minutes to read this short article about hummingbirds. We have a 23 frame GIF animation of a hummingbird at a feeder. The individual frames in the sequence were spaced out to 0.2 seconds in order to make it easier to see the wing motion. If you look very closely, you may even see the tongue flick out and the hummingbird swallow the sugar solution.

Once again many thanks to +EH Science and especially the dynamic duo of +Kate Stone and Lorna (sadly not on GPlus), who ensure my contributions have a better than 50% chance of being understood, which is a significant achievement if you've read my non-edited posts.



#birds   #birdsinflight    #science   #nature   ___

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2015-06-09 22:34:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

#4  _to produce_  *one pound of honey*, the worker bees in a single hive collectively fly 55,000 miles and gather nectar from about two million flowers.

I learned quite a few new things about bees from this article. That one stunned me. 

h/t +Kate Stone and +EH Science 

#4  _to produce_  *one pound of honey*, the worker bees in a single hive collectively fly 55,000 miles and gather nectar from about two million flowers.

I learned quite a few new things about bees from this article. That one stunned me. 

h/t +Kate Stone and +EH Science ___

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2015-06-09 21:13:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Tweaked and buzzing. Another collaborative riff by +cobalt please 

Hear the Buzz
A busy collaboration with original photo by +Steven Spence  and editing by cobalt.  Great to see the detail come out in high contrast light with bright sun and dark shadow. This is the third photo I've collaborated on with Steven.  One more to go, coming up Friday for Floral Friday.  Thanks for the fun and challenge, Steven! Here is his set of originals he made available for this project:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+StevenSpence/albums/6152777302916152337
The first comment will have the actual link to the original.

#bees   #beesmeetup   #honeybees   #collaboration  ___Tweaked and buzzing. Another collaborative riff by +cobalt please 

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2015-06-09 07:04:28 (35 comments, 4 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Blue Steel

Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?  (Zoolander)

The hens are to blame for this. This peacock wouldn't have such plumage if the hens didn't prefer it. I think the crest is an interesting touch.

Just in case you didn't catch one of my previous posts: the peacock achieves these stunning blues and greens through structural coloration. The feathers have tiny features (about 200-250 nanometers), which break up incoming light and amplify the blue  (or green) signals. 

For those of us not bedecked in iridescent blue, time to ponder how to get things done efficiently. Have a great Tuesday!


#allthingsblue  +Nikki C  #DerekZoolanderCenterForKidsWhoCantReadGoodAndWannaLearnToDoOtherStuffGoodToo  

Blue Steel

Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?  (Zoolander)

The hens are to blame for this. This peacock wouldn't have such plumage if the hens didn't prefer it. I think the crest is an interesting touch.

Just in case you didn't catch one of my previous posts: the peacock achieves these stunning blues and greens through structural coloration. The feathers have tiny features (about 200-250 nanometers), which break up incoming light and amplify the blue  (or green) signals. 

For those of us not bedecked in iridescent blue, time to ponder how to get things done efficiently. Have a great Tuesday!


#allthingsblue  +Nikki C  #DerekZoolanderCenterForKidsWhoCantReadGoodAndWannaLearnToDoOtherStuffGoodToo  ___

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2015-06-08 04:37:56 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

And now for something slightly different

Welcome to Monday!

Ladies and gentlemen, step up for the patented Universal Travel, Ship and Survival Suitcase. When you need it no price is too high. Accept no substitute!

Definitely the stylish way to survive the ship going down. You certainly want to be properly dressed and enjoy a cigar while waiting for rescue.

+Dirk Puehl : may I submit this for consideration to join your #Wunderkammer  ?

Photo: seen at the Cuxhaven maritime museum "Windstärke 10" 
http://www.windstaerke10.net/index.php?%3FID=3f2nphs5neiqet0r7v335ch085

And now for something slightly different

Welcome to Monday!

Ladies and gentlemen, step up for the patented Universal Travel, Ship and Survival Suitcase. When you need it no price is too high. Accept no substitute!

Definitely the stylish way to survive the ship going down. You certainly want to be properly dressed and enjoy a cigar while waiting for rescue.

+Dirk Puehl : may I submit this for consideration to join your #Wunderkammer  ?

Photo: seen at the Cuxhaven maritime museum "Windstärke 10" 
http://www.windstaerke10.net/index.php?%3FID=3f2nphs5neiqet0r7v335ch085___

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2015-06-07 13:01:35 (51 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

I have been to a strange land

Here's my contribution to #selfiesunday  . I had fun with the mirror, but it wasn't so easy to shoot and capture the effects, as what I saw and what the camera saw generally differed. It was a progressive guessing game.

I have modified by straightening and adjusting the edges of the photo (most noticeably on the top left with a curve).

Have a great Sunday! I'm off to do some cooking out and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. 

I have been to a strange land

Here's my contribution to #selfiesunday  . I had fun with the mirror, but it wasn't so easy to shoot and capture the effects, as what I saw and what the camera saw generally differed. It was a progressive guessing game.

I have modified by straightening and adjusting the edges of the photo (most noticeably on the top left with a curve).

Have a great Sunday! I'm off to do some cooking out and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. ___

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2015-06-07 10:51:54 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Recommendation 4: Talent you should get to know

The point of these posts is to introduce talented people doing original work to a wider audience, because I feel GPlus sometimes isn't doing a very good job of connecting us.

In general the people I select have a relatively small follower base or they seem to be doing very good work, but not getting much positive feedback relative to their followers.

Today, I'd like you to meet and consider following +Bo J . +Bo J is an amateur photography probably near San Francisco / Santa Cruz, California based on her photos.

Some of the things I like:

1. She takes everyday objects and uses her eye to isolate an aspect
2. Geometry plays a role in many of her photos
3. this is a case of the photographer having the "eye" and not fancy equipment.

Sample photos for yourc... more »

Recommendation 4: Talent you should get to know

The point of these posts is to introduce talented people doing original work to a wider audience, because I feel GPlus sometimes isn't doing a very good job of connecting us.

In general the people I select have a relatively small follower base or they seem to be doing very good work, but not getting much positive feedback relative to their followers.

Today, I'd like you to meet and consider following +Bo J . +Bo J is an amateur photography probably near San Francisco / Santa Cruz, California based on her photos.

Some of the things I like:

1. She takes everyday objects and uses her eye to isolate an aspect
2. Geometry plays a role in many of her photos
3. this is a case of the photographer having the "eye" and not fancy equipment.

Sample photos for your consideration:

Seagulls and an "S-line" as a compositional element
https://plus.google.com/117639096683289490449/posts/5mxkCaHb7Di 

Stairs and a spiral
https://plus.google.com/117639096683289490449/posts/MGREjP2uobk

"On the fence": perspective, composition, colorful chaos
https://plus.google.com/117639096683289490449/posts/GTiqTqeeY9Z

Rusty Chain: masterful control of composition and depth of field
https://plus.google.com/117639096683289490449/posts/Tkj8h9pMo6d

Composition and deep field of view.
https://plus.google.com/117639096683289490449/posts/KqZ6VWh8hbJ


I hope you'll take a few minutes to view her photos and maybe follow.

If you have recommendations of other little recognized talent on GPlus, please drop me a line. ___

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2015-06-06 15:34:23 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

+cobalt please creates an excellent black and white portrait study!

Meerkat Muse, Collaboration
A pause and pose from a meerkat, shot by +Steven Spence and shared as a collaboration photo with other photographers. A Lightroom 5 treatment for the crop and sepia contrast with a touch of vignette brings out a peaceful moment in this meerkat world.

I also used a new preset obtained from +John G Moore on his website for the sepia contrast. Tweaked a bit with sliders in LR and a slight vignette added to Steven's photo. Thanks again to +Swee Oh for sharing her photos using this treatment and the details.

See Steven's original in color, along with all the images he's sharing for collaboration here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+StevenSpence/albums/6152777302916152337

John G Moore photography and web store:
http://johngmoore.com/adobe-lightroom-premium-develop-presets/

In the first comment I'll share a link to the original.
#meerkat #sepia #monochrome #Lightroom5 ___+cobalt please creates an excellent black and white portrait study!

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2015-06-06 08:38:44 (23 comments, 8 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

mit Kanonen auf Spatzen schießen

The title says "shooting sparrows with cannons", which is not an activity I indulge in, but pretty much sums up this photo. 

Nope, it's not a macro photograph. I was out with my telephoto and too lazy to switch to a proper macro, so I just went ahead and zoomed in. 

The bee is being clever at getting to the nectar of this particular flower (unknown to me). It bites/punches a hole in just at the back of the flower. I suspect this type of flower is pollinated by the vibration of the bee.

I hope you have a great weekend! Blue skies to start the day out here. 

#bees  

mit Kanonen auf Spatzen schießen

The title says "shooting sparrows with cannons", which is not an activity I indulge in, but pretty much sums up this photo. 

Nope, it's not a macro photograph. I was out with my telephoto and too lazy to switch to a proper macro, so I just went ahead and zoomed in. 

The bee is being clever at getting to the nectar of this particular flower (unknown to me). It bites/punches a hole in just at the back of the flower. I suspect this type of flower is pollinated by the vibration of the bee.

I hope you have a great weekend! Blue skies to start the day out here. 

#bees  ___

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2015-06-06 07:28:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

The Photo Collaboration experiment is still going strong. +cobalt please  has just shared a subtle Black and White version of the mill wheel from the Bavarian Open Air Museum (http://www.museumsdorf.com/) which mainly has old farm houses and associated buildings. 

My Turn Now, Collaboration
An old mill in Europe, still working and still turning in a very old building with shake shingle siding. Original photo by +Steven Spence, shared for fun to see what friends do with them to create a new composition. From color to monochrome, using Lightroom.

See his original in color, along with all the images he's sharing for collaboration here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+StevenSpence/albums/6152777302916152337

In the first comment I'll share a link to the original. But I hope Steven will be able to stop by here and give us a little background on this mill and location!
#mill #turning #turn #wheel #weathered #shakeshingles #monochrome #Lightroom5 #collaboration #StevenSpence ___The Photo Collaboration experiment is still going strong. +cobalt please  has just shared a subtle Black and White version of the mill wheel from the Bavarian Open Air Museum (http://www.museumsdorf.com/) which mainly has old farm houses and associated buildings. 

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2015-06-05 23:07:26 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Ending Friday night (oops already Saturday wee hours) on a light note.

Ending Friday night (oops already Saturday wee hours) on a light note.___

2015-06-05 22:48:32 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

In order to avoid a proliferation of collections everytime I have a short-circuit, I'll add Speculative Tangents in here too. Have no fear this is not epic.  Sorry it did turn out to be long after all.

TL;DR Version

iterative loop
{ take some building block and make more complex
 add communication
};

Where does it lead to and why don't we see evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations yet?


Organization of Life

Life on Earth began billions of years ago.

1. Some proteins / amino acids were able to replicate themselves
2. Some of these were organized into primitive single cellular organisms
3. Some were able to absorb others and live in symbiosis leading to more complex cells
4. Colonies of cells communicating with each other via chemical signals, e.g. bacteria biofilms
5.mu... more »

In order to avoid a proliferation of collections everytime I have a short-circuit, I'll add Speculative Tangents in here too. Have no fear this is not epic.  Sorry it did turn out to be long after all.

TL;DR Version

iterative loop
{ take some building block and make more complex
 add communication
};

Where does it lead to and why don't we see evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations yet?


Organization of Life

Life on Earth began billions of years ago.

1. Some proteins / amino acids were able to replicate themselves
2. Some of these were organized into primitive single cellular organisms
3. Some were able to absorb others and live in symbiosis leading to more complex cells
4. Colonies of cells communicating with each other via chemical signals, e.g. bacteria biofilms
5. multi-cellular organisms
6. skipping forwards vertebrates
7. primates
8. homo sapiens

I see multiple patterns here. 

1. increasing diversification at the smallest levels
2. methods of intracellular communication
3. methods of intercellular communication
4. 1+2+3 lead to a more complex organism
5. repeat cycle at complex organism level
6. outcome leads to complex groups and more complex organisms
iterate for i=0; i<(large number); i++;

As humans we are multicellular organisms powered by a symbiosis with mitochondria, which were once independent organisms. We have remarkable cellular specialization (liver cells, blood cells, kidney cells, nerve cells, muscle cells, etc...). We are capable of analyzing, communicating concepts, building tools and creating objects with those tools.

We exist within groups and organize at ever increasing layers. We have specialized professions: farmer, baker, doctor, engineer, teacher, etc... We even have religions, philosophies, abstract mathematics and science. 

We are parts of larger organisms.

We are creating new parts for a new type of organism. Or tools both mechanical, chemical and electronic are all building blocks for a new, diverse set of basic organizational units. Add communication between them and the basis for a new complex organism at a larger scale emerges. (Internet of Things anyone?)

Here the "singularity" theories will cover aspects of an emerging intelligence. They're not my field so I won't go into it.

Does it stop there though? Why wouldn't the next level of organization pick up where we've begun? Expand beyond Earth... Begin connecting between worlds in the solar system.

then the next step would be that eventually the various star systems would begin to form a meta-organism. perhaps eventually spanning a galaxy.  perhaps even eventually pan-galactic organization could take place.

If any of this makes sense, where are we on this scale? Earth is only 4.6 Billion years old.  The Universe is much older 13Billion to 15Billion years. Whatever had happened on Earth has surely happened elsewhere. So why aren't we seeing evidence of other civilizations yet? It seems inevitable that star systems with life will eventually send out spores (robotic, sentient AI type of life forms)

Are we looking for the right signs? Perhaps we won't see direct signals, but rather patterns between groups of stars?

/end random thoughts for now___

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2015-06-05 17:07:53 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Owls are wise. They are careful and patient. Wisdom precludes boldness. That is why owls make poor heroes.
(Patrick Rothfuss)

But give an owl a few caffeinated drinks and all bets are off.

Happy weekend!  

Owls are wise. They are careful and patient. Wisdom precludes boldness. That is why owls make poor heroes.
(Patrick Rothfuss)

But give an owl a few caffeinated drinks and all bets are off.

Happy weekend!  ___

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2015-06-04 22:28:06 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Time to dream

This might be my alter ego. At least the most dominant alter ego.

Have a great Friday!

Time to dream

This might be my alter ego. At least the most dominant alter ego.

Have a great Friday!___

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2015-06-04 16:35:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

+cobalt please did a Black and White interpretation to emphasize the musicians more.

Please take a minute to read her text and please click on her original share for plus ones. this is an "archive copy" to let people view all the interpretations in one spot. 

Celestial Jam Collaboration
A challenge to use one of the  images +Steven Spence  made available for download, this black and white version brings emphasis to the triad of musicians who are very connected to each other as they perform and the cherubs are drawn to get closer and closer. Use of Lightroom, the HP Hacking BW filter and little touches with tones and curves. Lots of healing brush and clone tool to reduce the specks that are reflecting light or reveal the dirt of the ages on the original photo. Now we need Steven to come back here and give us the ID information so I can provide a context and artist! Be sure to give a look at his stream, by clicking the link on his name. He's been sharing the collaborations other folks are doing and some of them are just fantastic!

Of course one can only work with what has been originally captured, and Steven's collection for download is wonderful for collaboration. My treatment is just a different "take" and his full color view is delightful in coloring. I just wanted to make sure the musicians were more prominent. Here is the link to his originals for download. He only asks for a credit back to them. Thanks, my friend!
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+StevenSpence/albums/6152777302916152337
FYI:  Using the new Google Photos, I had no idea this image was not shared publically!  The new system "remembered" a previous share which was private.  So I just found out this share was NOT shared.  Eeep!  A reminder to be sure to check every single photo that has to be shared from Google Photos and not from inside Google+. meh___+cobalt please did a Black and White interpretation to emphasize the musicians more.

Please take a minute to read her text and please click on her original share for plus ones. this is an "archive copy" to let people view all the interpretations in one spot. 

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2015-06-04 13:16:44 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

+I am not Alice never ceases to amaze me. I would love to be infected by her neurons. :-)  A kaleidoscopic reinterpretation in color and BW for your consideration.

#photomanipulation  

the dream field

Original image by: +Steven Spence found here:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EtFc6Y56fAY/VWMOga51irI/AAAAAAAAtkM/-6HnGzQ-4Jk/w1195-h797-no/3A4A5195-1920.jpg

...re-edited by invitation ...ty, Steven___+I am not Alice never ceases to amaze me. I would love to be infected by her neurons. :-)  A kaleidoscopic reinterpretation in color and BW for your consideration.

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2015-06-04 11:44:06 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Thorsday has been rescheduled

Today I am happy to bring you #baturday. (wow! there really was a hashtag for that, whodda thunkit?). 

I have been really pushing the envelope the last two weeks. It has been necessary (at work) and worth it (work and privately), but I am very happy to have a holiday and do nothing, but hang around the house for a day. Work hard, play hard and when you rest, rest hard. :-)

Have a great Thorsday! 

Thorsday has been rescheduled

Today I am happy to bring you #baturday. (wow! there really was a hashtag for that, whodda thunkit?). 

I have been really pushing the envelope the last two weeks. It has been necessary (at work) and worth it (work and privately), but I am very happy to have a holiday and do nothing, but hang around the house for a day. Work hard, play hard and when you rest, rest hard. :-)

Have a great Thorsday! ___

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2015-06-04 11:29:01 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Love the concept

Off grid, low environmental impact housing is a concept I can really get enthusiastic about. +Kate Stone has an outstanding article on a concept house that should be available late in 2015 or early 2016. 

While you're enjoying the article, please also take time to vote for +EH Science on the Chase Main Street Grants. https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/58237
If EH Science gets 250 votes it will make it to the next phase and have an opportunity for a $100K business grant, which would make a real difference in getting science news out to people. If you like what the team can do today, just imagine what it could do with a little funding! thanks in advance for helping!

Love the concept

Off grid, low environmental impact housing is a concept I can really get enthusiastic about. +Kate Stone has an outstanding article on a concept house that should be available late in 2015 or early 2016. 

While you're enjoying the article, please also take time to vote for +EH Science on the Chase Main Street Grants. https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/58237
If EH Science gets 250 votes it will make it to the next phase and have an opportunity for a $100K business grant, which would make a real difference in getting science news out to people. If you like what the team can do today, just imagine what it could do with a little funding! thanks in advance for helping!___

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2015-06-03 21:27:55 (18 comments, 12 reshares, 276 +1s)Open 

Thanks to +Kate Stone and the team at +EH Science I was able to get another short article finished this week. Bird coloration is a lot more advanced than I thought when I started wondering about the feathers of starlings. Some birds rely on more than pigments to be flashy.

Thanks to +Kate Stone and the team at +EH Science I was able to get another short article finished this week. Bird coloration is a lot more advanced than I thought when I started wondering about the feathers of starlings. Some birds rely on more than pigments to be flashy.___

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